1979 Dave Kingman of the Chicago Cubs hit three home runs in a game for the second time in the season and became the sixth player in Major League history to accomplish the feat. Kingman’s homers weren’t enough as the Cubs lost to the New York Mets 6-4.
1992 The Ryan Express just keeps on rolling for the Rangers. Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter of the season for a Major League record 23rd consecutive year. He also gets a 6-2 win over the Orioles to pass Phil Niekro for 12th place on the all-time win list with 319.
1979 Red Sox great and Hall of Fame slugger, Carl Yastrzemski, hit his 400th career home run in Boston’s 7–3 win over the Oakland Athletics. He hit it off Mike Morgan in the seventh inning at Fenway Park.
1975 It was not his defining game for certain, but Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
Doc Medich of the Texas Rangers saved the life of a 61-year-old fan who had a heart attack before a game against the Orioles at Baltimore. Medich, a med student, administered heart massage until help arrived.
Johnny Bench broke Yogi Berra’s record for home runs by a catcher as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Montreal Expos 12-7. Bench hit his 314th homer as a catcher off David Palmer. Bench had thirty-three home runs while playing other positions.
The first nighttime All-Star Game, at Shibe Park, went to the AL, 5-3, despite a single, triple and home run by NL center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good.
1989 Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs lead off the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back home runs off Rick Reuschel to spark the American League to a 5-3 win in the All-Star Game at Anaheim Stadium. Jackson earns MVP honors.